Internship Title: Event Coordination Intern
Employer: Susan G. Komen Connecticut
Expected Graduation Date: 2016
Kara took this non-paid internship because it was an organization holding an event for a cause close to her heart. The Susan G. Komen Connecticut organization is a breast cancer awareness group who frequently funds testing, screening and helps educate about breast cancer. Kara wanted to be a part of this pink parade of strong women so it was a perfect place for her internship.
Her job as Event Coordination Intern, was to help set up a huge event, which was the 22nd annual, Race for the Cure, at the Bushnell, in Hartford, CT. Kara would call sponsors who would donate for the race and set up tents and booths for all the supporting sponsors. Aetna, St. Francis Hospital, the Hartford Courant, and Pratt & Whitney were just some of the big donators that Kara helped get a hold of for this event. She also registered people for the race, helped with advertisement ideas and promotions for the event, and even helped draft press releases. “My input actually mattered,” says Kara. “Nonprofits are an awesome place to start out and because they are very hands on!”
Students are always looking for the internship that pays the highest and want to work for the “big companies.” According to Kara, “It wasn’t about the money I could make somewhere else; it was about learning skills that I would need for my communications background, while also helping out a great cause. Making money is important don’t get me wrong, but making other people happy is what makes me the happiest and that’s what I want out of whatever job I choose.”
If you can take anything away from Kara’s internship success story it should be that you ultimately do what makes you the happiest.
story by: Nick Quattropani